"Rashomon" is an early nonlinear film, and I am doing a research paper on nonlinear storylines, so it seemed fitting for me to watch it. I like "Seven Samurai", but I haven't seen any other Kurosawa films. Now, I will probably need to watch some more.
The story of the film is definitely interesting. The dialogue is well-written, with a brisk pace. The plot is divided into three timelines, all woven together well. There is a lot of commentary in the film regarding the nature of eyewitness testimony that is still relevant today. The only part of the writing that I didn't like was the ending, which I felt edged on the side of being overly didactic.
The filmmaking is also very good. The cinematography is well-done, and the production design is impressive for the period. The acting is thoroughly believable, and the score is used well to build tone. The editing was my favorite part, though, as that is what kept the plot working.
Overall, "Rashomon" is a good, somewhat talky drama, however it is also a satisfyingly suspenseful thriller. I highly recommend it if you are a lover of film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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